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Language: Old English
Origin: stede 'place'

stead

noun
     
stead
1

do something in somebody's stead

formal to do something that someone else usually does or was going to do:
Pearson was appointed to go in Harrison's stead.
2

stand/serve/hold somebody in good stead

to be very useful to someone when needed:
His years of training were standing him in good stead.

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